Course Descriptions

Pre-Professional OT Curriculum
(All courses offered in a weekend format.)

OT 421 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice (3)
This course offers an introductory study of the field of Occupational Therapy (OT). The historical and philosophical development of OT will be presented. An in-depth survey of the roles and tasks of Occupational
Therapists working in a variety of practice areas with diverse patient populations will be conducted. Emphasis will be
placed on defining OT’s standards of practice and domains of concern, including an introduction to the profession’s practice framework. Medical terminology will be addressed. Diverse-background students only. A minimum grade of B (84) is required for acceptance into OT professional courses.

OT 431 Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice (3)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of all major facets of occupational therapy, including professionalism, bodies of knowledge, theory development, occupational science, the profession’s practice framework. Emphasis is placed on transition from COTA to OTR roles, developing skills in activity analysis, treatment planning, and clinical reasoning as they apply in the practice of the profession. Students with COTA backgrounds only. A course grade of B (84) is required for acceptance into OT professional courses.

OT 532 Kinesiology in OT Practice (6)
This course expands upon and integrates information presented in Anatomy and Physiology. Students are introduced to the principles of biomechanics and of joint and muscle function to enhance their understanding of normal human motion. Experiential laboratory sessions will provide illustrations of these concepts as well as the opportunity to develop skill in assessing joint range of motion, muscle strength, posture, and functional movement patterns. A course grade of B and a G.P.A. of 3.0 (80 for graduate grading system) is required for acceptance into OT professional courses.

Professional Courses
(All courses offered in a weekend format.)

OT 534 Tools of Practice (6)
This course offers a study of the tools of OT, including the nonhuman environment, conscious use of self, the teaching-learning process, purposeful activity, activity analysis, synthesis, and gradation. Laboratory sessions will consist of task group meetings that will enable students to develop skills in a variety of therapeutic media and activities of daily living. Emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical reasoning skills, enabling students to integrate theory with selection of occupations and activity. Performance, adaptation, and gradation for a diversity of clinical group situations, personal meanings, and environmental contexts of purposeful activities and occupations will also be explored. Diverse-background students only.

OT 536 Foundations of Occupational Therapy (3)
This course focuses on major historical and current theoretical constructs underlying occupational behavior, with social, cultural, and clinical research perspectives analyzed for their impact on theory development. The impact of theory and its influence on assessment and practice in occupational therapy will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the applied occupational therapy theory and the conceptual foundations of the profession. Principles of clinical reasoning and medical terminology will be addressed.
Diverse-background students only.

OT 542 Childhood and OT Practice (6)
This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of children from birth to adolescence. The developmental milestones and skill mastery associated with each stage will be highlighted, and emphasis will be placed on the study of selected developmental disabilities and pediatric disorders. Interventions based on sensory, neuromotor, and behavioral frames of reference will be presented. Practice issues in neonatal intensive care and early interventions will be addressed. OT interventions within the framework of the family will also be presented.

OT 544 Clinical Conditions in Occupational Therapy Practice (3)
This course provides a study of the significant clinical conditions, occurring throughout the life span, that are most often encountered by the Occupational Therapist. Conditions are discussed in relation to occupation and health with a perspective on body systems, outlining the etiology, pathology, clinical picture, prognosis, and medical interventions for each condition in terms of engagement in occupation (meaningful activities).

OT 545 Professional Practice Skills I (6)
This course offers an in-depth, experiential study of the core skills necessary for professional practice – the knowledge of and ability to apply frames of reference in practice, the ability to analyze and participate meaningfully in groups, and the ability to critique and enhance professional behaviors. This course will use both lecture and lab to facilitate critical analysis, clinical reasoning skills and professional behaviors for OT practice.

OT 643 Adolescence and OT Practice (6)
This course focuses on the adolescent and his/her developmental tasks, as well as the multiple problems that may occur in the transition from childhood to adulthood. The course will address OT practice most often associated with adolescence: depression, personality disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and burns. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the corresponding OT evaluation methods and intervention techniques.

OT 646 Professional Practice Skills II (6)
This course offers a comprehensive exploration of major OT evaluation methods and intervention techniques for physical and psychosocial dysfunction. Evaluation standards and principles will be critically examined. Lectures will combine with experimental laboratory sessions to develop skill in biomechanical, visual-motor, cognitive perceptual, psychosocial, and activities of daily living evaluations as background skills for intervention planning. There is a focus on the evidence for occupational therapy practice techniques and interventions. The role of the Occupational Therapist in increasing function, diminishing dysfunction, and enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities will be emphasized.

OT 649 Leadership in Occupational Therapy Practice (3)
This course offers an introduction to administrative, supervisory, and professional issues as they relate to the field of OT. The course will survey the health care system with emphasis on the economic, organizational, and socio-political factors that influence OT practice. Reimbursement standards and grant writing guidelines will be examined to develop the knowledge and skills needed to ensure OT services are funded. Supervision and administration models will be
discussed and critically analyzed for implementation by the entry-level Occupational Therapist. Professional standards for certification, licensure and continuing professional education will be discussed with emphasis on the ethics of OT practice.

OT 652 Adulthood and OT Practice (6)
This course presents the developmental stages, roles, and tasks of the adult. Focus is placed on the impact of bio psychosocial stress, dysfunction, and/or disability on the primary roles and tasks of the adult. The course develops and emphasizes the skillful analysis and application of OT frames of reference for the selection and utilization of appropriate evaluation and intervention techniques with a variety of adult clinical conditions. Laboratory sessions will develop entry-level proficiency in traditional neurophysiological, neurodevelopmental, and motor learning approaches. Psychosocial, physical, sociocultural, and environmental aspects of disability are emphasized equally to ensure a holistic approach to case analysis, evaluation, and treatment planning.

OT 662 Fieldwork Level I Seminar (3)
This course provides an introductory study of the roles and tasks of the Occupational Therapist practicing in clinical and community based settings for populations with psychosocial or physical disabilities. A minimum of 12-day-long supervised fieldwork experience visits, divided between physical disabilities and mental health settings, will provide the student with an integrated learning experience. The fieldwork experience will also involve academic assignments
enabling students to integrate theoretical knowledge with a range of clinical and/or community-based situations and a diversity of psychosocial and physical disabilities along the developmental continuum. Diverse-background students only.

OT 663 Fieldwork Level I Seminar (1)
This course provides an introductory study of the roles and tasks of occupational therapists practicing in clinical and community-based settings for populations with psychological or physical disabilities. A minimum of 2 day-long visits divided between physical disabilities and mental health settings will provide the students with an integrated learning experience. The seminar associated with fieldwork will involve academic assignments enabling students to integrate
theoretical knowledge with a range of clinical and/or community-based situations and a diversity of psychosocial and physical disabilities along the continuum. (Students with COTA backgrounds only). Level I Fieldwork Seminar requires completion of two daylong fieldwork visits.

OT 664 Research in Occupational Therapy (3)
This course offers an in-depth study of the principles and methods of research as applied to the field of OT. The course provides a foundation for evaluating research literature, identifying a research problem, designing a research proposal, and implementing research methodology. Criteria for reporting research according to established publication standards will be emphasized. Applications of computer technology to research are explored. Students will select a research area of interest related to OT practice and participate in a research design proposal, which their Master’s research project will be based.

OT 753 Maturity and OT Practice (6)
This course presents those elements that contribute to making the age of maturity productive and filled with meaningful occupation. Emphasis is placed on OT evaluation and intervention for disabilities commonly associated with the aging process due to musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and neurological dysfunction. Specific assessment and treatment techniques for psychosocial rehabilitation in geriatrics are also presented. Issues related to chronic illness, family care giving, and terminal illness are explored. Skills for assessing the mature person’s functional performance are developed, and intervention methods for the teaching of independent daily living skills are presented. Emphasis on prevention of dysfunction and the maintenance of quality of life.

OT 754 Advanced Practice (3)
This course explores and provides practical experience in advanced treatment modalities and methods used in OT. The application of OT frames of reference, evaluation principles, and intervention approaches previously established in other courses will be emphasized as a foundation for treatment planning and implementation for a variety of disorders. Adjunctive and contemporary alternative treatment approaches in OT will also be presented to develop an appreciation of the depth and breadth of the profession. Ethical and licensure issues will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the need to pursue continuing professional education to ensure competence in any area of advanced practice.

OT 756 Research Symposium (3)
Individual guidance and supervision in completing the Master’s research project and writing a scholarly paper will be provided, along with scheduled symposium sessions. Professional publication and presentation and I.R.B. standards will be reviewed. The sessions will enable students to present their research for critical analysis and discussion through a professional poster presentation. Invited scholars and faculty will also present their current research and/or major studies. The interpretation and critique of OT research and the relevance of applied scientific inquiry to OT practice will be emphasized.

OT 764 Fieldwork Level II A (3)
OT 765 Fieldwork Level II B (3)
This course offers supervised full-time fieldwork at agencies and organizations approved by the faculty in accordance with established AOTA and ACOTE standards. Two three-month affiliations provide a diversity of professional experience in both psychosocial and physical disabilities across the developmental continuum. Selection and scheduling of fieldwork sites is a collaborative process between the student and the Fieldwork Coordinators to ensure that the student’s educational needs and professional requirements are properly met. Direct supervision is provided by a registered Occupational Therapist with at least one year of experience. A mandatory seminar is scheduled during each fieldwork experience to provide support, facilitate the sharing of experiences and strategies, and
promote successful integration of academic training with professional clinical practice.